Looking back on his performance on Sunday against the Broncos at Heinz Field, it was more about helping the team win than it was an accumulation of statistics or a march up the ladder in the record book.
For the game, Ben Roethlisberger completed 15-of-25 (60 percent) for 253 yards, with two touchdowns, no interceptions, and a rating of 120.9. The Steelers converted 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) on third down over the course of the game, they possessed the ball for 33:02, and they were 2-for-2 in the red zone and 1-for-1 in goal-to-go situations. On third down, Roethlisberger completed 8-of-11 for 118 yards, with two touchdowns, no interceptions, and a rating of 147. He did have one turnover that came on a strip-sack by Malik Reed, but Roethlisberger made plays down the field and in the middle of the field, and he appeared to be in command throughout.
Roethlisberger is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
Also considered were Najee Harris, who posted his first 100-yard rushing game as a pro (23 carries for 122 yards – 5.3 average – and a touchdown) and he added two catches for 20 yards to finish with 142 yards from scrimmage; Chase Claypool, who had five catches for 130 yards and an 18-yard touchdown; Diontae Johnson, who had two catches for 72 yards and a 50-yard touchdown; James Pierre, who had six tackles, including one in which he ran down Javonte Williams from behind to save a touchdown after a 49-yard run, which ultimately saved the Steelers four points because the Broncos settled for a field goal, and his interception in the end zone with seconds to play iced the outcome; Cam Heyward, who finished with three tackles and two passes defensed; and Chris Boswell, who was successful on field goals of 43, 48, and 51 yards, even though the 51-yard kick was taken off the board after a penalty on the Chargers allowed the Steelers to maintain possession and get a first down.